#Quaker Problems

This week’s Quaker video: When these four Earlham College students were standing in line for hot dogs, one of them cracked a joke about something being a “Quaker Problem”. Little did they know it would become a full-on international Quaker meme within a matter of weeks.

This week’s Quaker video: When these four Earlham College students were standing in line for hot dogs, one of them cracked a joke about something being a “Quaker Problem”. Little did they know it would become a full-on international Quaker meme within a matter of weeks.

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Can Self-Promotion Be Spirit-Led?

When I first received the call to do this work, my core values were offended. Hadn’t I already rejected the part of myself that strives for public attention? I was so attached to my humbleness that I refused to “self-promote”. Ironically, it was my pride and self-will that got in the way of my calling to publicize this ministry.

Give over thine own willing; give over thine own running; give over thine own desiring to know, or to be any thing

-Isaac Pennington full quote

As Quakers, we make this fundamental, unshakeable distinction: God’s will. My will.

If we are to do the will of God, we must first let go of our own striving, our own willing. And if we are to give over our own willing, how could it ever be in good order for us to reach out for something as vain and creaturely as celebrity?

I wrote this post as a part of QVS’ synchroblog on Quakers and new media. See what other bloggers had to say here.

The Allure of Attention

I am familiar with the allure of acting out my void in public. I want the attention. I want to be seen. I want to be known. I am afraid of being passed over.
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Quakers and the Light

In this week’s Quaker video: What is “the Light,” and why are Quakers so excited about it?

In this week’s Quaker video: What is “the Light,” and why are Quakers so excited about it?

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It has been an honor to serve Friends as the founder and director of QuakerSpeak these past six years. I am seeking my next project, and would love it if you joined me for the journey.

Subscribers get a free download of my latest EP!

Why Quakers Don’t Take Communion

Why don’t Quakers take communion? Why don’t they baptize? Early Quakers believed that the church was full of empty forms, and they sought the real substance of being filled by the Holy Spirit. Quaker professor Michael Birkel of Earlham College explains.

Why don’t Quakers take communion? Why don’t they baptize? Early Quakers believed that the church was full of empty forms, and they sought the real substance of being filled by the Holy Spirit. Quaker professor Michael Birkel of Earlham College explains.

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It has been an honor to serve Friends as the founder and director of QuakerSpeak these past six years. I am seeking my next project, and would love it if you joined me for the journey.

Subscribers get a free download of my latest EP!

How Do Quakers Read the Bible?

Quakers believe that the real way that you understand what the Bible has to say to you is to let the words be illuminated. Paul Buckley explains.

Quakers believe that the real way that you understand what the Bible has to say to you is to let the words be illuminated. Paul Buckley explains.

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It has been an honor to serve Friends as the founder and director of QuakerSpeak these past six years. I am seeking my next project, and would love it if you joined me for the journey.

Subscribers get a free download of my latest EP!

Coming Out As Gay in Kenya

Quaker Speak: Justimore Musombi talks about being a Gay Christian Pastor in Kenya, homosexuality in Africa, and coming out as gay in Kenya.

Quaker Speak: Justimore Musombi talks about being a Gay Christian Pastor in Kenya, homosexuality in Africa, and coming out as gay in Kenya.

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It has been an honor to serve Friends as the founder and director of QuakerSpeak these past six years. I am seeking my next project, and would love it if you joined me for the journey.

Subscribers get a free download of my latest EP!

Paulette Meier: Quaker Faith in Song

Quaker Speak: Paulette Meier sings songs from early Quaker Quotes. The act of creating music from Quaker spiritual writings helped Paulette through a difficult time in her life. These songs are unlike anything you’ve ever heard.

Quaker Speak: Paulette Meier sings songs from early Quaker Quotes. The act of creating music from Quaker spiritual writings helped Paulette through a difficult time in her life. These songs are unlike anything you’ve ever heard.

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It has been an honor to serve Friends as the founder and director of QuakerSpeak these past six years. I am seeking my next project, and would love it if you joined me for the journey.

Subscribers get a free download of my latest EP!

James Nayler – “Art Thou in the Darkness?” (Sung by Paulette Meier)

A quote by early Quaker James Nayler, sung by Paulette Meier.

A quote by early Quaker James Nayler, sung by Paulette Meier.

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It has been an honor to serve Friends as the founder and director of QuakerSpeak these past six years. I am seeking my next project, and would love it if you joined me for the journey.

Subscribers get a free download of my latest EP!

George Fox – “Be Still and Cool” (Sung by Paulette Meier)

A quote by early Quaker George Fox, sung by Paulette Meier.

A quote by early Quaker George Fox, sung by Paulette Meier.

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It has been an honor to serve Friends as the founder and director of QuakerSpeak these past six years. I am seeking my next project, and would love it if you joined me for the journey.

Subscribers get a free download of my latest EP!

Why Are Quakers Pacifists?

Swarthmore College professor George Lakey in this week’s Quaker Speak on why Quakers are nonviolent, pacifism and nonviolence (also known as nonviolent action). We talked with George Lakey about Quakers’ call to struggle, the myth that violence works, and how that’s all changing.

Swarthmore College professor George Lakey in this week’s Quaker Speak on why Quakers are nonviolent, pacifism and nonviolence (also known as nonviolent action). We talked with George Lakey about Quakers’ call to struggle, the myth that violence works, and how that’s all changing.

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It has been an honor to serve Friends as the founder and director of QuakerSpeak these past six years. I am seeking my next project, and would love it if you joined me for the journey.

Subscribers get a free download of my latest EP!

How Quakerism Began

Quaker Speak: Max Carter shares the story of George Fox, a Quaker who went seeking for spiritual answers and found them not in a church, but within. Max is a professor at Guilford College.

Quaker Speak: Max Carter shares the story of George Fox, a Quaker who went seeking for spiritual answers and found them not in a church, but within. Max is a professor at Guilford College.

[+ show transcript]

It has been an honor to serve Friends as the founder and director of QuakerSpeak these past six years. I am seeking my next project, and would love it if you joined me for the journey.

Subscribers get a free download of my latest EP!

The Faithfulness Lecture

Quaker Speak: Traci Hjelt Sullivan on Quaker faithfulness. When Traci gets a nudge to give vocal ministry, sometimes she feels resistant. That’s when it is time for “The Faithfulness Lecture”.

Quaker Speak: Traci Hjelt Sullivan on Quaker faithfulness. When Traci gets a nudge to give vocal ministry, sometimes she feels resistant. That’s when it is time for “The Faithfulness Lecture”.

[+ show transcript]

It has been an honor to serve Friends as the founder and director of QuakerSpeak these past six years. I am seeking my next project, and would love it if you joined me for the journey.

Subscribers get a free download of my latest EP!

Thomas Kelly: Room For the Infinite

Thomas Kelly (1893-January 17, 1941) was an American Quaker educator. He taught and wrote on the subject of mysticism.

This visual essay is the work of Coleman Watts, which he completed for the Quaker Leadership Scholars Program at Guilford College.

Thomas Kelly (1893-January 17, 1941) was an American Quaker educator. He taught and wrote on the subject of mysticism.

This visual essay is the work of Coleman Watts, which he completed for the Quaker Leadership Scholars Program at Guilford College.

Quaker Epistle, Set to Music!

A few weeks ago a Friend in England Facebooked me to see if I’d put music to an epistle that she had a part in writing. The epistle is the Kabarak Call for Peace and Eco-Justice. Here’s my rendition.

The Kabarak Call for Peace and Eco-Justice

The Kabarak Call for Peace and Ecojustice was approved on 24 April 2012 at the Sixth World Conference Friends, held at Kabarak University near Nakuru, Kenya. It is the culmination of the FWCC World Consultation on Global Change which was held in 2010 and 2011. It is being circulated with the Conference Epistle.

In past times God’s Creation restored itself. Now humanity dominates, our growing population consuming more resources than nature can replace. We must change, we must become careful stewards of all life. Earthcare unites traditional Quaker testimonies: peace, equality, simplicity, love, integrity, and justice. Jesus said, “As you have done unto the least… you have done unto me”. We are called to work for the peaceable Kingdom of God on the whole earth, in right sharing with all peoples. However few our numbers, we are called to be the salt that flavours and preserves, to be a light in the darkness of greed and destruction.
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